Forensic Psychologists, Roles and Activities of
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Petrila, J. 2010. Forensic Psychologists, Roles and Activities of. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Forensic psychology is an increasingly popular area of practice within psychology. It has been defined as “the application of psychological research, theory, practice, and traditional and specialized methodology (e.g., interviewing, psychological testing, forensic assessment and forensically relevant instruments) to provide information relevant to a legal question” (Goldstein, 2003, p. 4). The American Psychological Association designated forensic psychology as an area of specialization in 2001 (Goldstein, 2003), and it is the subject of a rapidly growing number of books, journals, and professional conferences (Otto & Heilbrun, 2002).